Louisiana State Parks Calendar - click here for full calendar

July  2018

6/1/2018 to 7/31/2018
Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville
Geocaching History Museums, By Appointment Only
Begin your history geocache at Otis House museum in Madisonville. During the guided tour, learn how Fairview-Riverside State Park became a state park, what the site was originally used for and how it eventually was donated to the state to become what it is today. At the end of the tour pick up a fun activity sheet to test what you learned as you navigated the museum. Maps and contact information on an additional nine museums and historic sites will be available to guide you to your next historical geocache.
For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
7/1/2018 to 9/1/2018
Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton
Outdoor Classroom, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday & Saturday
Learn about the wildlife, plant life and other aspects of the Park. Various items on display and a variety of program topics offered. Ask questions, make suggestions and enjoy your visit.
For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 985.839.5707 locally.
7/4/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Nature Scavenger Hunt, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Join us for Nature Scavenger Hunt through the Arboretum. See if you can find everything on the list!
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/6/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Nature at Night, 7:45 p.m.
Join the site naturalist to explore the natural world at night. Learn about bats, owls, frogs and many other night creatures.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/7/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Alligators, 2 p.m.
Learn about the apex predator of Chicot Lake and also find out why they are important to our lake and our state. Visitors will see the Arboretumīs one-year-old nature center alligator and also drive to a great view of the lake to watch alligators.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/7/2018
Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville
Skulls, Skins & Scat...What animal is that?, 10 a.m.
Join the interpretive ranger to learn about the wildlife encountered in the park. Compare mammals to birds and reptiles with bio-facts to learn characteristics of each species.
For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
7/7/2018
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
First Saturday of the Month Hike, 10 a.m.
Join a park historian on a trail walk to Fort Babcock discussing the infantry and artillery assault against Port Hudson. The hike is two miles and will last approximately 1 1/2 hours. Participants are encouraged to wear appropriate footwear, bring water, sunscreen, and insect repellent.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
7/7/2018
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Prehistoric Pottery Making, 10:30 a.m. - Noon
A ranger-led demonstration of crafting prehistoric-styled pottery similar to the pieces which the Native Americans fashioned more than 3,500 years ago. All supplies are provided. Appropriate clothing is recommended.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
7/8/2018
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
Surrender of Port Hudson, 1 p.m - 3 p.m.
A program to commemorate the July 9, 1863 surrender of the Confederate garrison, park staff and volunteers will fire a reproduction Civil War cannon and lower the parkīs replica Confederate garrison flag. The program also includes period weapon demonstrations.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
7/9/2018 to 7/22/2018
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville
History Mythbusters, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Interpretive staff will debunk several of the more common myths which are often repeated about Rosedown Plantation as they relate the truth behind these myths, and the research debunking them.
For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
7/14/2018
Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield
Union Warships of the Red River Campaign, 2 p.m.
This presentation will highlight the Union naval warships that were employed in the Red River Campaign of 1864, the Unionīs failed effort to capture Shreveport. Learn about the capabilities and specifications of these 19th century vessels and compare them with the Navy ships used today.
For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
7/14/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Reptile Day, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
First annual Reptile Day at the Arboretum. Louisiana Amphibian and Reptile Enthusiasts (L.A.R.E.) will be on hand with live native reptiles and amphibians to educate visitors about these interesting animals. They will also lead a guided hike for those wishing to see the animals in the wild. Schoolhouse Reptiles will have an exotic reptile petting zoo. There will also be games and crafts for everyone to enjoy.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/20/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Nature at Night, 7:45 p.m.
Join the site naturalist to explore the natural world at night. Learn about bats, owls, frogs and many other night creatures.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/21/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Invasive Species, 2 p.m.
Learn about invasive species, one of the threats to the preservation of the Louisiana State Arboretum. Also take a hike to learn how anyone can help in solving this important problem.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/21/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Nature for Kids, 10 a.m.
Join the site naturalist to learn about a different nature topic every month and make a craft to take home. *Event occurs the 3rd Saturday of each month.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/21/2018
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
In Search of your Civil War Ancestors, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Are you fascinated by a "long-ago" ancestor who may have served in a Civil War military unit? A park staff member will assist visitors in researching Civil War ancestors and become aware of services the site provides and the research material that is available.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
7/27/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Nature at Night, 7:45 p.m.
Join the naturalist to explore the natural world at night. Learn about bats, owls, frogs and many other night creatures.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/28/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Nature Craft, 2 p.m.
Join the site naturalist to make a nature related craft to take home.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/28/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Bobbin Weaving Class, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Have you ever seen a beautiful piece of antique lace and thought to yourself ?I wish I knew how to do that!? Well now you can learn! Space is limited to the first 20 people. Register early! Preregistration required. Admission is $5 person which includes the grounds to the park but does not cover the Oakley House tour.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
7/28/2018
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Ranger-Guided Hike, 9:30 a.m.
A ranger-led 2.6 mile hike will of all of the prehistoric mounds and ridges located on the site, as well as the plaza and any other interesting things that might be seen along the way.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
7/28/2018
Chicot State Park, Ville Platte
Guided Canoe Tour, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
The site naturalists will guide you through the cypress-tupelo swamp and discuss the flora and fauna that can be found on Chicot Lake. Space is limited so register early. Visitors are welcome to bring their own canoes or kayaks but still need to pre-register.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
7/7/2018
Locust Grove State Historic Site, St. Francisville
The Dead of Locust Grove Cemetery, 1 - 4 p.m.
Learn about the inhabitants of this historic cemetery through figures like Sarah Knox Taylor, the daughter of President Zachary Taylor and short lived wife of Jefferson Davis, and Eleazar Ripley – Major General and Hero of the War of 1812. There will also be a short class on gravestone rendering.
For more information call 888.677-2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
7/14/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Bird Feeder Workshop, 1 - 4 p.m.
Help provide our feathered friends with food while recycling. Participants will have an opportunity to make their own bird feeder made of empty water bottles. Help the environment in two ways at once!
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.

August  2018

7/1/2018 to 9/1/2018
Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton
Outdoor Classroom, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday & Saturday
Learn about the wildlife, plant life and other aspects of the Park. Various items on display and a variety of program topics offered. Ask questions, make suggestions and enjoy your visit.
For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 985.839.5707 locally.
8/1/2018
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Junior Ranger Program, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. upon request
Available on request, a visitor can ask for a Jr. Ranger booklet which must be completed in order to receive a Jr. Ranger badge and certificate. Inside the booklet are a number of activities which require knowledge of Poverty Point to complete. The answers can be found while viewing a video in the theatre and examining displays of artifacts in the museum. A self-guided driving or hiking tour will be helpful. Of course, visitors can also join a ranger-guided tram tour around the site to help with the completion of the booklet as well.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
8/1/2018 to 8/31/2018
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville
Acadian Day, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
In recognition of National Day of the Acadians (August 15) a display will be set up in the Interpretive Center throughout the month of August showcasing our Acadian heritage.
For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
8/2/2018
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville
National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Are the dog days of summer bringing you down? Donīt let the heat keep you away. In recognition of National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, Les Amis de Longfellow=Evangeline SHS will be providing complimentary ice cream sandwiches to visitors throughout the day.
For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
8/4/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Nature Apps, 2 p.m.
Smartphone use is expanding in the outdoors and is a wonderful tool to enhance your experience with nature. Visitors will get a short demonstration of some of the interesting and useful outdoor apps followed by a short hike to demonstrate the apps on the trail.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
8/4/2018
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches
Teacher Appreciation Day, 10 a.m. - Noon
Teachers are invited to visit Fort St Jean Baptiste SHS as an appreciation day to learn what is offered for upcoming field trips in the 2018-2019 school year.
For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
8/5/2018
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Forager Hike, 9:30 a.m.
Get a look at some of the plants which would have been eaten and used by the ancient Native Americans. A 1.5 mile ranger-led hike will take visitors through a portion of the earthworks with a focus on useful native plants.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
8/11/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Puppet Show, 2 p.m.
Come to the nature center for one of our puppet shows and meet the cast of the Louisiana State Arboretum. Shows range from topics such as pollution to wildlife habitat. Visitors will also be able to make their own puppet that they can take home with them.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
8/11/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
The Secret Lives of Butterflies, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Explore the wonderful world of butterflies. Learn where to find them, how they grow, what they eat, and how to help them. Take home a butterfly craft you make at the program. Great for younger naturalists.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/11/2018
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
2nd Saturday Hike, 10 a.m.
Join a park historian on a guided tour of the battlefield areas known as Fort Babcock and Fort Desperate. The tour will start at 10:00 AM at the museum. Appropriate footwear, sunscreen, and some drinking water is recommended.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
8/18/2018
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
In Search of Your Civil War Ancestors, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
A park staff member will assist visitors in researching Civil War ancestors and become aware of services the site provides and the research material that is available.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
8/18/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Civil War Living History Encampment, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Take a trip into the past and into the camp of the 8th Vermont Infantry as they portray soldier life in Louisiana during the Civil War. See how soldiers lived in camp, cooked, drilled and fired their weapons.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/18/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Tiny House ... Of the Feathered Kind, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Build a bird house to be installed at the park. Materials and instructions are provided. Find out what bird will be calling the house its home and why. A great family activity. No additional fee required.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/18/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Native Plants for Butterflies and Moths, 2 p.m.
Learn which native plants attract butterflies and moths such as the Giant Swallowtail and the Luna Moth in this introduction to Attracting butterflies and moths with native plants.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
8/19/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
With Pen and Ink, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Participants can try their hand at pen or quill and ink writing as they discover letter writing in the early 1800s. Discover how quill pens are made and take one home.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/25/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
The Secret Lives of Frogs, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Explore the world of a frog. Learn where to find them, how they grow, what they eat, and how to help them. Take home a butterfly craft you make at the program. Great for younger naturalists.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/25/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Summer Edible Plants, 2 p.m.
Join us to learn about the wild edible plants of the summer.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
8/25/2018
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Earth Oven Demonstration, 11 a.m.
The program offers a unique look at prehistoric cooking with an earth oven, showing how the Poverty Point people used earthen cooking balls to cook their food using specially dug pit, using materials that would have been available to the local inhabitants over 3,000 years ago.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
8/25/2018
Chicot State Park, Ville Platte
Guided Canoe Tour, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Guided canoe tour of Lake Chicot.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
8/25/2018
Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield
Civil War Vittles, 2 p.m.
Come and see how soldiers and officers of the American Civil War perfected cooking and eating while on the march and in camp. Learn about hard tack, the origins of canned goods, making coffee without coffee, and campfire delicacies.
For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
8/25/2018
Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield
Civil War Vittles, 2 p.m.
Come and see how soldiers and officers of the American Civil War perfected cooking and eating while on the march and in camp. Learn about hard tack, the origins of canned goods, making coffee without coffee, and campfire delicacies.
For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
8/25/2018
Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield
Civil War Vittles, 2 p.m.
Come and see how soldiers and officers of the American Civil War perfected cooking and eating while on the march and in camp. Learn about hard tack, the origins of canned goods, making coffee without coffee, and campfire delicacies.
For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
8/4/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
The Hand that Heals, 1 - 4 p.m.
Discover medicine and medical practices used by Lucretia Pierre at Oakley Plantation in 1821. Find out how an herb garden would double as an early medicine cabinet for the apothecary.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/5/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
A Taste of Tea and Thee, 1 - 4 p.m.
Sample a sumptuous selection of carefully-chosen specialty teas from the Colonial and Victorian periods and discover the roots and etiquette of the afternoon tea.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/31/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
The 1810 West Florida Rebellion Home School Day, 9 - 11:30 a.m.
Home school students are invited to visit the camp of a Spanish soldier, as a period-clothed ranger explains about life for colonial soldiers, the revolution, and the role of St. Francisville as the first capital. Students also will see what the soldiers wore, learn about their daily lives, and watch a black powder musket demonstration.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/31/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
1810 West Florida Rebellion Home School Day, 9 - 11:30 a.m.
Home school students are invited to visit the camp of a Spanish soldier, as a period-clothed ranger explains about life for colonial soldiers, the revolution, and the role of St. Francisville as the first capital. Students also will see what the soldiers wore, learn about their daily lives, and watch a black powder musket demonstration.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.